I didn't enter Finland through Helsinki. I entered through Aland, an archipelago with Mariehamn as its capital. I took the ferry from Stockholm to Mariehamn, stayed a few days then another ferry to Turku, Finland. I'm writing about Finland right now and doing some reading up about it. It has a very bloody past. Finland fought hard for its independence, both from the Kingdom of Sweden and from Russia. They went through a civil war with what we would call 'pro Russian separatists.' They weren't called that then, they were simply referred to as the 'reds.' Even as I'm finishing writing about England, work is being done on 'Finland.'